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Old 06-30-2013, 04:14 PM   #1
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2012 vs 2013

Getting ready to upgrade to a JK from my old TJ. So, with my budget at approx $23k, I find that I can buy either a '12 or '13 for roughly the same price. For instance, there is a private seller locally with a '12, fully loaded, 14k miles for $23,900. A local dealer will sell me a new '13 with just AC and Automatic Trans for $23100. So, money being equal, would y'all take a brand new car, or one with a few more options and a few more miles? Plus I've been reading about the dreaded 'engine tick'. Is it more likely on a 2012?
Or I suppose a 3rd choice is to get a 2011 model with the older, slower but maybe more reliable engine, and save some $$ ?
Sorry if this has been covered, I did a search and came up empty....
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:16 PM   #2
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:21 PM   #3
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2013, better front seats and bullet proof so far!
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13.........and if it has a 13 build date even better....
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Is that because of the engine problems? Or just because it's new?
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:18 PM   #6
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It's a compromise (i'd go for new)...you have no clue how many wheeling adventures the old owner went on, regardless of maintenance records.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:10 PM   #7
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I'd go for the new one... There have been quite a few misadventure threads involving new Jeeps and novice off-roaders. I find it kind of sketchy when someone is selling a year old vehicle. I guess since you're buying from a private seller you at least have the advantage of seeing if they're a yahoo and if some circumstance like a lost job is leading to the sale.
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Get the 13 I have both a 12 and 13 and seats are way more comfortable and besides the 12 could be a engine issue like mine..I am awaiting parts as we speak for the "ticking penstar". But either way it's a JEEP what's not to like..
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:27 PM   #9
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I was in the same dilema. Found a nice '12 with 13k miles but opted to spend a bit more get a zero mile '13. Go with a '13 and upgraded it as you please and budget allows.


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